Monsoon survivor!

I have been meaning to blog about my emotional instability (chos) but the past days I’ve only been stuck in water.  Literally.


It’s storm season again in the Philippines, and this has to be the worst flooding our home has ever experienced.  Actually, this is just knee deep.  Some time within the day, it even reached up to my thighs.

I wonder though if it was the rain or the width of my legs that made the water rise.  Eureka! Hahaha.

This is our first regular day for the week, the first day we’re actually experiencing power.  Since Monday till about 4 hours ago, we’ve been living in black and white, and I’ve had much to ponder, not to mention finished four books in a row.  I’m waiting for the jubilant feeling to die down a bit (LIGHT!  THERE’S LIGHT!) just so I can be in the right state of mind to share with you my insights.

Not that you’re eager to hear me moping, but you get what I mean.

The books that I finished in the 80 hour non-powered days were:

  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

It’s like I saved the best for last.

For now, please continue praying for the ones who are yet to regain power and are still flooded here in the Philippines.  I can tell this is the first of many, so vigilance is key.

But then again there’s nothing unusual here.  After all, the Filipino spirit is unsinkable.



Understanding Flood Alerts

With the southwestern monsoon unleashing its wrath and water in the Philippines for about 26 hours straight, I’ve been reading a lot of flood alerts in my Twitter feed.

I appreciate these alerts, but the problem is, I don’t really know what it means.  Somehow, it became color coded, versus the usual signal numbers we get when there’s a storm.  So I looked it up for future reference (should have done this sooner, I know).

Now this is real color coding!  Not that color coding scheme our cars follow.  That’s more like number coding.  Bwahaha.

Moving on, here’s a more detailed explanation from Usec. Manuel L Quezon III:

Under the heavy rainfall warning system, a yellow warning is raised when the expected rainfall amount is between 7.5 mm to 15 mm within one hour and likely to continue.

Communities given this advisory are advised to be aware of the weather condition and warned that flooding may be possible in low-lying areas.

The green alert is raised in areas where rainfall is between 15 mm to 30 mm within one hour. Flooding is a definite threat in communities under the green alert.

A red alert is issued when downpours constitute an emergency. This is raised when observed rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour or if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm.

When Pagasa raises a Red warning, communities should be prepared to respond. It means serious flooding is seen and that residents should be ready to evacuate to safety.

Another good monitoring tool is Project NOAH.  The Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) is

a program launched by the DOST to put in place a responsive program for disaster prevention and mitigation, using advanced technology to enhance current geo-hazard vulnerability maps.

So to check your location’s flood reference, just head on over to  It can still use a lot of improvement, but it has been helpful recently.

There you go.  So far, the sun is shining, everyone is conducting relief drives left and right, and from how things sound and look like, the Philippines is ready to get up again.

Like always.  Like a Boss.

UPDATE:  I know it’s pretty late but as of August 8, 2012, PAG-ASA has changed the color GREEN to ORANGE.  Apparently, there has been some confusion with the color grading.  Makes sense.  Yellow-Green-Red doesn’t really sound like something is worsening.  Yellow-Orange-Red, oh yes.  Hope this helps!

More updates on August 7 rains

UST Hospital needs help.  I wonder if anyone got to them already.  Flood water reached the second floor already.

Taft Avenue has become a river.

Sadder view is NLEX.  Please pray that relief gets to those who need it.

Here’s the Puregold at Paso de Blas.

And here’s Balintawak area in QC.

And Araneta Avenue in QC.

And now… for some good news.

I believe Globe has an option too. Please post in comments section when you’ve seen the instructions to avail.


If there are psychiatrists out there reading this post, please find the time to visit an evacuation center.  There are still a lot of people suffering from PTSD, especially with what had happened to Ondoy, and especially because of this fact:



But this young man said it best:

Keep spirits up!  Help your neighbor!